Those who love the iconic film Strictly Ballroom will want to ensure they are in Sydney during March to see the musical performance take over the stage at the Sydney Lyric.
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You will be treated to an amazing performance by a wonderful cast, led by the original creative team who were responsible for the 1992 film, including Baz Luhrmann, who directed and co-wrote the production.
Another of the co-writers, Craig Pearce, is also involved in the project as is original costume designer Catherine Martin and choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell.
There will be plenty of break-into-song numbers during this stage show as well as a wide variety of the dances made famous in 1992, such as the tango, bogo pogo and sashay.
Inspiration was most definitely taken from the original, so expect to hear Love is in the Air, Time after Time and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps as well as some newly composed songs that will shortly become new faves.
The original film inspired many to dance thanks to its status as the sequined spectacular we all know and love. The musical also provides spectators with the same level of humour, romance and drama that they can expect from a show with such a rich history.
The origins of Strictly Ballroom can be traced back to 1984 when Baz Luhrmann brought the idea of a story based on the world of ballroom dancing to a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
In 1986, Strictly Ballroom was performed in Bratislava in what is now Slovakia at the Czechoslovakian World Youth Drama Festival. It won a 30 minute standing ovation as well as Best Production and Best Direction.
It wasn’t until 1988 that Craig Pearce joined the team. He expanded the story and it was performed at the Brisbane expo in July, before hitting the Sydney stage in September, where it was a hit with both the audience and critics alike.
The man who started the film ball rolling was Ted Albert. After being wowed by the performance on the stage, he approached Luhrmann with the offer to turn it into a film.
After a long search for funding, the screenplay was finished in 1991 and then set building and location work began.
It was released for its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May where it received a 15-minute standing ovation.
Seeing this show again in Sydney means you can relive some of its history while also being a part of its legacy going forward. The Harbour City saw the launch of the musical, so this is a great reason to get to Sydney now to check out this fantastic show.